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David Bakhtiari leaves & re-enters game against Vikings with knee injury

Green Bay’s best offensive lineman left the game in the third quarter with the Packers trailing 17-14.

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David Bakhtiari left Sunday night’s game in the third quarter with an injury.
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Even with David Bakhtiari, the Green Bay Packers struggled to move the ball against a stout Minnesota Vikings defense Sunday night in a game Green Bay needed to save the season. Having to do it with Jason Spriggs may simply be a bridge too far.

Trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, the best offensive lineman the Packers have exited the game. Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down on the first drive Bakhtiari was out, with starting left guard Lane Taylor already out of the game with a quad injury.

Bakhtiari returned to the game for the Packers’ final offensive snap of the third quarter, which came after the Vikings extended their lead to 24-14, but his ability to remain on the field is worth close attention through the final quarter.

Green Bay’s season hangs by a thread with a loss against the Vikings all but sealing the math for an unlikely Wild Card chance. If Bakhtiari has to miss extended time and the season all but over with a loss, the Packers would have to think about whether or not they want to subject their All-World quarterback to the Jason Spriggs Experience.